Jerry Brown is the name of a route on The Brown Wall
in the Real Hidden Valley area
of Joshua Tree National Park
Established early in the history of climbing on The Brown Wall, Jerry Brown is arguably the best and the most sought after route on this formation. The entire west face of The Brown Wall is broken up by parallel vertical crack systems. Jerry Brown follows a thin crack system just to the right of the center of the wall. The most prominent feature of the route is a roof some eighteen feet up from the base.
The route begins on a very thin crack that is leaning to the right forcing you to lay back the initial moves. Soon after you are making face moves to reach a roof some eighteen feet off the deck. Making sure to protect the next few moves well, surmount the roof. Above the roof, the right leaning crack continues for another twenty feet to where the crack becomes wider and more manageable. A great ledge before the top may serve as a great place for setting up an anchor and belaying. Belaying from this ledge reduces rope drag and you can see your second following the pitch. A prominent third class crack on the upper tier of the rock will lead to the top.
walk off to the right.
: Carry one sixty meter rope, standard rack up to 2.5 inches, slings.
From the western entrance to Joshua Tree National Park drive on Park Boulevard, formerly known as Quail Springs Road, for about nine miles to a major rock formation called “Intersection Rock.” Intersection Rock is a major landmark on the north side of Quail Springs Road with ample parking for visitors and climbers alike. This rock, true to its name, sit at the cross roads to “Hidden Valley Campground”, Barker Dam Road and the road to “Day use and picnic” area.
Turn right onto the road leading to day use area with a large parking lot and bathrooms. The Trail to “Real Hidden Vally” is obvious and starts here. This trail leads to “Nature Loop Trail
” and “Real Hidden Valley.”
When you get to the Loop Trail take the left fork. After a few minutes you will come to the largest formation in the area. That is Sentinel to your left and it’s mostly east facing. Thin Wall is a short walk further past Sentinel Rock.
Continue on the Nature Loop Trail until you see The Great Burrito. The Brown Wall is obvious and to the left of The Great Burrito about two hundred feet further. Weave over and around boulders to the base.
Camping, Noise considerations, Environmental concerns,
Typical Joshua Tree landscape
Please tread lightly. The Access Fund has gone to great lengths posting trail marker for approaches to many of the more popular crags. Do your best to stay on these trails, and where you are forced to use a different path, choose the ones that rain can mend in time. Drainages make for good trails where there are no established trails.
Avoid stepping on native and fragile plants, and do not feed the coyotes. Coyotes are very much used to people and often hang around picnic areas and camp grounds in hopes of getting a hand out. It’s better to let them live their natural life.
There are nine campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park. At the entrance to the park you are always asked if you would care to have a map and a brochure. The brochure will have plenty of information on the campgrounds and the map will guide you to many of the pleasant hikes throughout the park. You may even get the latest information as to availability of campsites. During the peak season (mid winter through spring) finding a campsite may become a major task. It is highly recommended to use the following link to get more information in advance.
Joshua Tree Camping
When you are camping with friends and sitting around the fire, it is easy to forget that there are other people trying to sleep in the nearby campsites. It is important to put yourself in their shoes. Keep the noise and music to a minimum and certainly not too much past 10 p.m. Your neighbors will smile at you in the morning instead of giving you dirty looks.